Search Results: "Lucinda Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW SISTER by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole."
Third in Riley's Seven Sisters series (The Storm Sister, 2016, etc.) about adopted daughters in search of their ancestry. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN SISTERS by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Although the conceit of six sisters searching for their birth parents is certainly intriguing, one hopes the future books will achieve a better balance between past and present."
Launch of a projected series about six sisters who were adopted from all over the world by a mysterious Swiss tycoon. Read full book review >

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THE MIDNIGHT ROSE by Lucinda Riley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Riley continues her run of solid, if earthbound, love stories, but this one derails close to its conclusion."
Stretching from Darjeeling, India, to Dartmoor, England, the latest romantic saga from a popular British novelist confidently blends multiple storylines, large helpings of tragedy, a fairy-tale villain and some startling plot twists. Read full book review >

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THE LAVENDER GARDEN by Lucinda Riley
Released: June 11, 2013

"A value-for-money saga, solid but lifeless and missing a lavender garden."
It's time for privileged but uncertain Frenchwoman Emilie to find herself, but to do so, she must first fall impulsively in love, uncover her family's wartime history and come to grips with the neglected chateau she has inherited. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucinda Riley
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"The weave of historical romance and mystery may be occasionally threadbare, but the overall thrust and likable characters should keep willing readers in their seats."
A mysterious child and a packet of letters unite two pairs of star-crossed lovers separated by nearly a century. Read full book review >

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THE ORCHID HOUSE by Lucinda Riley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A straightforward slab of ephemeral entertainment characterized by pedestrian but devoted storytelling."
An English country house connects the romantic destinies of several generations in a pleasantly undemanding double-decker debut. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Several horrifying ends can be imagined along the way, but the one that actually occurs is no less grim for being unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
This probing exploration of whether a ninth-grader can already be "irreparably damaged" is upsetting and scary. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >

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OSCAR AND LUCINDA by Peter Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1988

"A brave and original novel."
As he demonstrated in Bliss (1981) and Illywhacker (1985), Carey is partial to eccentrics. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND RILEY by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2005

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A three-chapter easy reader with the now predictable two anthropomorphized animal friends. Read full book review >

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JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >